dwelling

[dwel-ing]
noun
a building or place of shelter to live in; place of residence; abode; home.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see dwell, -ing1

multidwelling, noun, adjective


See house.
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dwelling (ˈdwɛlɪŋ)
 
n
formal, literary a place of residence

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dwelling
"place of residence," mid-14c., from dwell.
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Dwellings definition


The materials used in buildings were commonly bricks, sometimes also stones (Lev. 14:40, 42), which were held together by cement (Jer. 43:9) or bitumen (Gen. 11:3). The exterior was usually whitewashed (Lev. 14:41; Ezek. 13:10; Matt. 23:27). The beams were of sycamore (Isa. 9:10), or olive-wood, or cedar (1 Kings 7:2; Isa. 9:10). The form of Eastern dwellings differed in many respects from that of dwellings in Western lands. The larger houses were built in a quadrangle enclosing a court-yard (Luke 5:19; 2 Sam. 17:18; Neh. 8:16) surrounded by galleries, which formed the guest-chamber or reception-room for visitors. The flat roof, surrounded by a low parapet, was used for many domestic and social purposes. It was reached by steps from the court. In connection with it (2 Kings 23:12) was an upper room, used as a private chamber (2 Sam 18:33; Dan. 6:11), also as a bedroom (2 Kings 23:12), a sleeping apartment for guests (2 Kings 4:10), and as a sick-chamber (1 Kings 17:19). The doors, sometimes of stone, swung on morticed pivots, and were generally fastened by wooden bolts. The houses of the more wealthy had a doorkeeper or a female porter (John 18:16; Acts 12:13). The windows generally opened into the courtyard, and were closed by a lattice (Judg. 5:28). The interior rooms were set apart for the female portion of the household. The furniture of the room (2 Kings 4:10) consisted of a couch furnished with pillows (Amos 6:4; Ezek. 13:20); and besides this, chairs, a table and lanterns or lamp-stands (2 Kings 4:10).

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Example sentences
At last, his lifelong dream of a career creating large-scale extravaganzas for
  princely dwellings was coming true.
All dwellings will be provided power from the use of sewage flows.
We will need oil for a long time to come but this system can be used for the
  electric needs of dwellings all over the world.
The general character and arrangement of these dwellings remains on the whole
  unaltered.
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